If you are like most people, a paper is something that you use every day for a multitude of different things. If you are a student or teacher, a paper is a prominent part of your life and can eventually take up a lot of space. If you really think about how much paper you throw away every year, the amount may be a bit staggering.
Although paper should not be thrown away, it should be recycled. Recycling paper is an eco-conscious and responsible way to dispose of old documents. If you are new to paper recycling, here is a step by step process that should help you to get started.
Disposing of paper waste in designated recycling containers can actually prove to save upwards of 3.3 cubic yards of space in a landfill or waste processing plant. The less area that is taken up by landfills the less overall trash there is on Earth. Statistically, recycling one ton of paper saves approximately 17 trees and 450 gallons of oil.
After it is placed in a bin, the paper is whisked away to a recycling center where they put the paper through a filter to remove any excess materials or toxins. The paper is then sorted and put into machines that shred the paper apart. The shreds are then placed in a pulper, a machine that mixes it with water and chemicals as it is heated to break down and rejoin paper fibers. The pulpy mixture is then run through a mesh screen to remove any extra contaminants. Then the paper is cleaned, pressed, and dried to be put onto large paper rolls that will be cut according to the desired size.
Paper is categorized into 7 groups or grades. These classifications are mainly used during the recycling process, but if you want to know about recycling paper properly, you should know them. The grade of paper is lowered depending on how many times it is recycled. The grade is determined by the length of the fiber and each time paper goes through the recycling process, the fibers shorten.
Now that you understand the grading and recycling processes, you can properly sort and recycle your own paper. You are able to recycle almost every kind of paper there is, the process just changes. You should separate your paper and cardboard from other recyclable materials such as glass or plastic. You don’t have to worry about removing things like staples or glue from paper either, the recycling plant has processes that they use to remove such things.
Reducing Paper Waste
If you are conscious enough to recycle your paper, you should also take steps to reduce your paper usage. Using organically manufactured products that are biodegradable, such as promotional jotters, for instance, will reduce your paper usage exponentially.
Now that you are aware of the ins and outs of the paper recycling process, you are finally ready to begin responsibly recycling paper and reducing your overall waste output!